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White-naped Xenopsaris - BirdForum Opus

Nominate subspecies
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Entre Rios Province, Argentina, October, 2019

Alternative name: Reed Manakin, White-naped Becard

Xenopsaris albinucha


12·5–13 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Black crown with bluish sheen
  • White lores and lower forehead


Adult male, subspecies minor
Photo © by ianp
Falcon State, north west Venezuela, April 2010

South America: found in Venezuela, Guyana, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.



Two subspecies are recognized1:

  • X. a. albinucha:
  • X. a. minor:
  • Locally in western and central Venezuela and extreme northern Brazil (Roraima)


Forests, riparian brush and open wetlands.


Juvenile male
Photo © by birdclub
Pantanal, Brazil


Their diet hasn't been well studied, but it is known that they eat some insects.


They construct a cup-shaped nest.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Mobley, J. (2020). White-naped Becard (Xenopsaris albinucha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57533 on 21 January 2020).

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